Hot drinks keep cold and flu at bay

December 11th, 2008 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 11 (IANS) A hot drink is what you really need to keep nagging symptoms of common colds and flu at bay.New research by Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre has found that a simple hot drink of fruit cordial can provide immediate and sustained relief from runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness and tiredness.

The research compared the effects of a commercially produced cordial apple and blackcurrant drink either ‘hot’ or at room temperature in 30 volunteers with common cold symptoms, said a Cardiff statement.

Centre’s Director Ron Eccles said: “It is surprising that this is the first scientific research on the benefit of a hot drink for treating cold and flu symptoms.

“With temperatures falling and Christmas just round the corner, cold viruses love this time of year. Having a bottle of fruit cordial in the cupboard and making a hot drink could help fight off the symptoms of festive cold and flu.”

“The big advantage of this type of treatment is that it is cheap as well as safe and effective,” he emphasised.

These findings were published in the current edition of Rhinology.

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